Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Real Life Crime Scenarios to Educate Young Freight Forwarders About People Smuggling and More

Launch Event to Prepare Logistics Staff of the Future for Terrorism, Drugs and Weapons
Shipping News Feature

UK – On November 13 the British International Freight Association (BIFA) is holding its fifth Young Freight Forwarder regional group at an event that will this time focus on the issues faced by freight forwarders in regards to organised crime in shipping and logistics. The event will launch the Anglia regional group for young members and those new to the industry, providing a platform to network with their peers and learn from more experienced industry professionals.

At the launch of the Anglia regional group, being held at Ipswich Town Football Club, there will be guest speakers from Operation Pandora, which is a Joint Borders Intelligence Team that is working together with trade to combat crime in shipping and forwarding. Operation Pandora representatives will give a fascinating and very interactive insight to this huge issue with input from Border Force, Counter Terrorism Police, HMRC and the National Crime Agency.

Attendees will witness real life scenarios of criminality at the border, including terrorism, drugs, firearms, smuggled cigarettes and tobacco; as well as organised immigration crime. They will also learn how to better protect the reputation of the companies that they work for and help safeguard the public, by raising their awareness.

During the launch event, which sees the Anglia region join established groups in the Midlands, North West, London East and London West, participants will be provided with more details about the Young Forwarding Network (YFN) and given an opportunity to discuss how they would like their regional group to operate going forwards. Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager, says:

“We have had a really good response to the launch of the YFN and have already held several well attended events that are assisting in the development of future freight forwarding ambassadors and leaders for the sector. By creating several regional networking groups, run by young forwarders, the YFN aims to help early talent and young BIFA members develop their knowledge and professional skills, but in a more social environment.”

The Anglia launch event is only the first in the current series of events and is open to all; employers, apprentices, graduates or those new to the industry and will take place between 13:00 to 17:00. To obtain more information and to register to attend just click HERE.

Photo: The latest local tragedy makes this event even more poignant.